All-female team of climbers set to climb Mount KilimanjaroListen /
An all-female team of climbers is preparing to go up Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, with the support of the United Nations and partners to inspire others and highlight the importance of education for girls.
Seven of the climbers are from Nepal and three are Africans, two from Tanzania and one from South Africa.
World Food Programme spokesperson, Jane Howard said the Nepali climbers have already made history because they have climbed Mount Everest.
"We have been following their progress at the World Food Programme because one of the most famous of those climbers is a woman called Nimdoma Sherpa who used to receive school meals when she was a child and this encouraged here to go to school. Otherwise her family was too poor to pay for her to go and she has always thought that, you know, if you can climb a mountain you can show that women can get to the top and it has helped her immensely in her life and these other women. And now they have joined forces with three very interesting African women too.”
Jane Howard says two of the ten women climbers are what she calls "wonderful advertisements" for the importance of school meals in getting children, especially girls, to attend school.
Gerry Adams, United Nations